Netflix superhero series Raising Dion dropped on October 4 with nine episodes available to binge-watch at once. The heartwarming series follows struggling single mother Nicole Warren (played by Alisha Wainwright) who is raising her young son Dion (Ja’Siah Young) as she mourns for her dead husband Mark (Michael B Jordan). However, things take an unexpected twist when Nicole discovers her young son has superhuman powers. On top of that, Nicole soon finds out that people with superpowers like her son are being hunted down and she has to protect him.
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, creator and writer of Raising Dion Dennis Liu spoke about the future of the series, the filming process and his other projects.
The conception of Raising Dion came about from a push for more diversity, among other things.
Liu was working on the Director’s Guild of America council and trying to find ways to encourage more people of colour and women to become directors for television.
He said: “I realised that it was important that creators took control of their content, so that they can help influence hiring decisions with TV networks if an idea ever became a show or film.
“So, when we set it up, we really made that a priority from day one – to consider and hire people of colour very seriously, down to the last [runner]. And we succeeded after four years of hard work.”
Raising Dion started off life as a one-issue comic and a two-minute film, which piqued Netflix’s interest and was eventually picked up as a TV series.
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Will there be another series of Raising Dion?
Liu said: “I hope we can continue. We’ve got a great story, a great cast and crew. We’re ready to go!”
Netflix has yet to confirm whether the show will get the green light but it’s too early at this stage given it only dropped recently.
The US streaming giant will be looking at viewing figures, which it rarely discloses to the public.
However, fans will have to watch this space and Express.co.uk will update this article when more information is available.
When will Raising Dion season 2 be released on Netflix?
A release date will depend if and when Netflix gives Raising Dion the green light.
However, season one premiered back in October 2019, so potentially a follow-up could be dropping as soon as autumn 2020.
Season two could potentially feature another nine episodes like its predecessor with the whole series available in one go.
Filming on season one occurred in Atlanta, Georgia in 2018 and could be taking place there again.
Who is in the cast of Raising Dion season 2?
Raising Dion wouldn’t be the same without lead child star Ja’Siah Young taking the lead as the eponymous superhero.
Also, likely to be back in the frame is producer and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan as Dion’s disembodied father.
Alisha Wainwright is also going to be returning as Dion’s mother Nicole, who will be trying to keep her son safe.
Season one ended with a strange child with superpowers Brayden Mills (Griffin Robert Faulkner) turning up. It’s highly likely this character is going to be back should there be a recommission.
What will happen in Raising Dion season 2?
The plot of season two will depend entirely on where Liu and the writers want to take the story.
However, it’s most likely to follow Dion trying to find his father and facing other threats along the way.
While you wait for news on season two of Raising Dion, Liu has another project called Ling.
Much like Raising Dion, Ling is an independent comic and a short film but there are hopes of turning it into a fully-fledged movie or show.
Ling follows a young Asian-American teen who discovers a 2-D fox from another dimension in her washing machine after its transported from another dimension.
With the help of the fox, she gains superpowers and decides to use her newfound abilities to fight crime.
Liu said of Ling: “We shot a lot of Ling on low budget cameras and we used simple desktop software to do the editing and effects.
“I went to NYU film school when we were still shooting on Kodak film, where you had to drag it to a place to develop it — and now you can do it all on a phone in the palm of your hand. It’s unbelievable how far digital has come.”
He added: “I hope that Ling’s existence online shows content creators out there that you too can tell your own stories.”
Raising Dion is available to watch on Netflix now